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    Only Our Rivers Run Free

    by Michael McConnell
    When [C] apples still [G] grow in [C] November
    When [F] blossoms still [C] bloom on each [G] tree
    When [F] leaves are still green in [C] December
    It's [G] then that our land will be [Am] free
    I [F] wander her hills and her [C] valleys
    And [F] still through my sorrow I [E] see
    A [F] land that has never known [C] freedom
    [G] Only her rivers run [Am] free

    I [C] drink to the [G] death of her [C] manhood
    Those [F] men who would [C] rather have [G] died
    Than to [F] live in the cold chains of [C] bondage
    To [G] bring back their rights were [Am] denied
    [F] Where are you now when we [C] need you
    What [F] burns where the flame used to [E] be
    Are you [F] gone like the snows of last [C] winter
    Will [G] only our rivers run [Am] free

    How [C] sweet is [G] life but we're [C] crying
    How [F] mellow the [C] wine but we're [G] dry
    How [F] fragrant the rose but it's [C] dying
    How [G] gentle the wind but it [Am] sighs
    What [F] good is in youth when it's [C] aging
    What [F] joy is in eyes that can't [E] see
    When there's [F] sorrow in sunshine and [C] flowers
    And [G] only our rivers run [Am] free